Analysis of Submissions to National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

A report released today, from the University of Limerick School of Law, provides an analysis of the submissions for the final review of the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence 2010-2014.

The report, written by Dr Eimear Spain, Sarah Gibbons and Professor Shane Kilcommins, provides an overview of the submissions prepared by stakeholders with experience of the National Strategy. The responses were gleaned from questionnaires created by Cosc.

The following key themes were identified:

  • leaving situations of violence – dangers presented, risk of homelessness, particularly acute in the current housing stock crisis, inadequately understood link between domestic violence and child abuse
  • cohorts of concern – the groups most at risk (Travellers and Roma, migrants, persons involved in prostitution, persons with a disability, persons identifying as LGBT, pregnant women, young people, those with an addiction, older persons, those with a mental illness)
  • service provision – enhanced co-operation needed
  • legal – need for emergency legal orders available outside court hours, concern about restriction of barring orders, issues with legal aid, delays in judicial proceedings and re-victimisation of persons through the investigative and legal process, attrition rates, inappropriate sanctions
  • prevention – aware-raising of what constitutes violence and supports available, with a tailored approach for groups such as Travellers and Roma
  • resources – under-funding and cuts

The report in full is available here.

Women’s Aid today held an event in Dublin to raise awareness of violence against women and children. A vigil was held outside Leinster House in memory of 78 women, as well as 10 children, killed by their current or former partners since 1996.

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